It’s not uncommon for a film to be over two hours. Usually it’s two and some change. But IT Chapter Two was revealed to clock in at nearly 3 hours. And that was after they cut a chunk out of it. The original cut was four!

The official run time for the film is going to be 2 hours and 45 minutes. They say that the movie while on the long side, still flows quite fast and that the director’s cut will someday make it’s way to audiences.

Andy Muschietti confirmed the run time to Digital Spy, here is what he had to say.

“A movie is very different when you’re writing the script and you’re building a story compared to what the final product is. At the beginning, when you’re writing and building the beats of the story, everything that you put in there seems very essential to the story. However, when you have the movie finally edited and it’s 4 hours long, you realise that some of the events and some of the beats can be easily lifted but the essence of the story remains intact. 

You cannot deliver a 4-hour movie because people will start to feel uncomfortable – no matter what they see – but we ended up having a movie that is 2 hours and 45 minutes, and the pacing is very good.

Nobody who’s seen the movie has had any complaint.”

Andy Muscietti to Digital Spy and other press

This really isn’t that long when you compare it to other films that have come out recently. Endgame for example was 17 minutes longer at 3 hours and 2 minutes. And we all know how well that did.

IT Chapter Two premieres in theaters September 6th!